Jan 6, 2013 8:30am PST
is to take a road trip. and you take that road trip right into guatemala in a moment of civil war, essentially. >> well, my father's family... my father's from a russian jewish immigrant background family from here in boston. but my mother's family in guatemala is an old fashioned guatemalan mestizo catholic very traditional guatemalan family. and i had spent a lot of time in guatemala as a child, the first couple years of my life, almost every summer, summer after summer. but then, as i become more and more your typical american teenage kind of kid, i become sort of self-conscious about that. i want to fit in the way americans do. and i sort of begin to stay away from guatemala, i guess. i hadn't been down there probably since sixth grade or so. and sure, then in college one day with my friends, we didn't really have anything to do that summer. and one of my friends had a new ford mustang, and i said, "let's drive down to guatemala." and we did, you know? and that would have been about 1976. and... >> hinojosa: when the political situation was... >> well, the political situation.
Jan 10, 2013 11:00pm PST
decided to teach and practice civil rights law. and lead a voter registration drive rather than cashing in on his degree. i think those were fundamental choices for him. >> rose: and he was looking for a way to engage in public service rather than take an easy corporate route in high demand with high salary. >> i think he felt that the most rewarding life was one in which you could make a greater difference than just in your own realm, yourow level of comfort. >> rose: i want to come back to him and lots of questions about him. but go back to where you are. so you are going to leave politics and just study. >> i'm going to leave campaigns. actually, it's sort of a causei academic position. because what i've done with the university of chicago is create an institute of politics much like the one at harvard and some other-- . >> rose: you mean like the kennedy school. >> well, the kennedy school is one thing. but the iop was something the kennedy school started at harvard to expose young people to practitioners in politics, to encourage them to go into the puic arena as candidates
Jan 7, 2013 9:00pm PST
-- >> the civil rights movement -- >> the civil rights movement. >> the suffragte movement, women's rits, you'veot to be organized. >> absolutely. you've got to be organized. and what we see, remember that 16% i identified as the alarmed? again people who are very concerned and think this is an urgent problem, but they feel relatively isolated and alone. they say, "i feel this way, some of my friends and family feel this strongly." but they have no sense that they're part of over 40 million americans that feel just as strongly as they do. they've never been properly organized, mobilized and directed to demand change. and i mean, that's what the political system ultimately responds to. if you basally have a vacuum of people who are demanding change, and i don't mean that truly. i mean, there are of course many great organizations that have been advocating for change for a long time. but it hasn't been a broad based citizens movement demanding change. in that situation a relatively small but well-funded and vocal community that says no can absolutely win the day. >> as you know twice
Jan 4, 2013 10:00pm PST
and very clearly defined tribal sectarian civil war in iraq. that's happening right now. but, most important, those men and women that we ask to fight and die, they deserve a policy worthy of their sacrifices. they, in my opinion, do not have that policy today. >> suarez: on "fox news sunday" last weekend, south carolina senator lindsey graham made clear that republicans have not forgotten or forgiven. >> i can tell you there would be very little republican support for his nomination. at the end of the day, there will be very few votes. >> suarez: meanwhile a group of republican and democratic officials have written to the president, expressing their support for hagel, and they're mounting a campaign with radio ads. >> i've know him since his early days in the senate. we have consulted and talked often about foreign policy. >> suarez: former ambassador thomas pickering is one of hagel's supporters. over a long career, he's gone through the confirmation process nine times. does this process that happens before a nomination and before a hearing get you better nominees, get you better